Prutton wants to be mean

Pointing the way: Wednesday midfielder Prutton celebrates his stunning goal against Rochdale in front of the Kop.         Picture: Steve Ellis
Pointing the way: Wednesday midfielder Prutton celebrates his stunning goal against Rochdale in front of the Kop. Picture: Steve Ellis
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GOAL star David Prutton is looking for Sheffield Wednesday to build on Saturday’s victory and clean sheet and become the mean machine of League One.

The midfield player stole the show by scoring an outstanding goal on his League debut for the club in the opening-day 2-0 win against Rochdale.

But he gives credit to the team’s defending and says that a strong spine to the side will be vital this season.

“If you look at how Rob Jones and Danny Batth have been in the centre, it gives you confidence going forward,” said Prutton.

“If the ball goes over you head, there’s going to be someone to sweep up, and I’m sure they’d say that about Nicky [Weaver]. It’s the meanest teams who are the most successful. That’s what we’re trying to achieve.”

The result followed a clean sheet against Premier League outfit Stoke in the final friendly. Prutton also said: “You need to be able to grind wins out, especially in this league.

“There’s nothing more satisfying for a midfield player than when a ball goes over your head it gets headed 40 yards back the other way.

“It shoudln’t be understated that the art of defending is huge, and the players we have in those positions seem to have taken that on board. It’s another clean sheet...there’s a long way to go, if you have a firm base to build on then it can only mean good things. It’s not necessarily about being the team with the most flair, but the most consistent over the course of the season. Consistency means scoring the most goals; it also means not letting as many in.

“If you can build a team on that type of platform, with the ebb and flow of the way strikers play, then doors will open.”

Prutton rated his volley as one the best goals of his career. It camed after his fine goal in a friendly against Leeds, and after manager Gary Megson called on all players to help out with goals when the club are short of strikers.

Said Prutton: “A lot is made of strikers but it takes a hell of a lot of the burden off them if it’s spread throughout the team.”